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Default is fine for me

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 85.1.177.155] on November 02, 2007 02:52 PM
Configuring the status line is great, but I found the default to be more than what I need, despite of me using vim on a daily basis. The name of the file is shown in my xterm caption anyway and normally you just know which file you're editing, you don't need to see it all the time. And if you need to, you can hit Ctrl-G, how hard is that? Whether it's a DOS or Unix file, it displays it uppon load and save, that's more than enough. I don't need the ASCII/hex value of the character under the cursor all the time, do I? If I want that, I use the 'ga' command, or 'g8' command, which is really really quick enough to type. The length of file in lines and characters is displayed uppon loading and saving too, and if that's not enough using 'Ctrl-G' will tell you the number of lines too.

Yeah, what I want to say is that all those information are very very very easily accessible anyway, putting them all in the status line is just clutter that you'll rarely even look at anyway. I can of course imagine that there's useful information that can be displayed in the status line, but the examples in this article aren't convincing me at all. Just my two cents, though.

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